School of Law

Dr Emma Wincup

Senior Lecturer

I joined the School of Law in 2005, having previously held academic posts at the University of Kent, Cardiff University, University of Wales, Bangor and the University of Cambridge.

I also spent a period of time in the late 1990s on secondment to the National Assembly for Wales to refocus their drug policy.

Research Interests

My most recent research has focused on drug use and its control. This has resulted in a series of publications on drug treatment, the interconnections between welfare and drug policy, and the impact of drug policy on women. More generally, I am interested in the interconnections between crime and social policy and the policy-making process.


I contribute to Criminology: Theories and Concepts, Crime, Inequality and Social Issues, and Gender and the Law.

PhD Supervision

I am currently supervising PhD students undertaking research on women and electronic monitoring, the impact of ‘Transforming Rehabilitation’ on the supervision of offenders in the community, and emotions and imprisonment.

Key Publications

Hucklesby, A. and Wincup, E. (2014) ‘Assistance, support and monitoring? The paradoxes of mentoring adults in the criminal justice system’, Journal of Social Policy, 43(2): 373-390

Monaghan M; Wincup E (2013) “Work and the journey to recovery: exploring the implications of welfare reform for methadone maintenance clients”, International Journal of Drug Policy. 24(6): 81-86

Wincup, E, (2014) ‘Thoroughfares, crossroads and cul-de-sacs: Drug testing of welfare recipients’, International Journal of Drug Policy, 25(5): 1031–1037

Wincup, E. (2016) ‘Gender, recovery and contemporary UK drug policy’, Drugs and Alcohol Today, 16(1): 39 – 48.

Hearty, P., Wincup, E., and Wright, N. (2016) ‘The potential of prisons to support drug recovery’, Drugs and Alcohol Today, 16(1): 49 - 58

Full list of my publications.

Media Contact Areas

I am happy to be contacted by the media in relation to my research and scholarly interests outlined above.

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